Elitism, Democracy, and Science Policy

Philip Kitcher

in Science, Truth, and Democracy

Published in print December 2001 | ISBN: 9780195145830
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833344 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in the Philosophy of Science

 Elitism, Democracy, and Science Policy

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From the perspective of well‐ordered science one can explore previous attempts to set science policy. This chapter considers three: Bacon's story of the New Atlantis, Vannevar Bush's Science: The Endless Frontier, and a recent attempt to make the National Institutes of Health more open to inputs from the public.

Keywords: Bacon; National Institutes of Health; Vannevar Bush

Chapter.  4642 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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